Ogbeh: FG Establishing 600 Insemination Centers To Boost Milk, Meat Production
The federal government is establishing no fewer than 600 insemination centers to help in boosting milk and meat production in Nigeria, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbe has disclose.
The minister who equally maintained that modern machineries which will help farmers to improve their yield would soon be deployed to farmers, added that, special attention to the cultivation of sorghum, rice, millet and wheat will boost consumption and prepare grounds for export.
Chief Ogbe who spoke when Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal led a team from the state Ministry of Agriculture visited him in Abuja added that, the state would benefit from the federal government insemination gesture
“In the next few days, we’re deploying modern machineries to you to help our farmers improve yield. We have also included Sokoto among states to benefit from the 600 insemination centres we are establishing to boost milk and meat production,” the minister said.
Chief Audu Ogbeh also commended Sokoto state government for giving necessary attention to cultivation of grains and improvement of farming techniques in the state.
A statement issued Thursday by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, quoted Ogbeh as saying that the Federal Government will support Sokoto farmers with modern harvesters so as to reduce hours wasted when applying manual method to harvest crops.
In his remarks, Tambuwal said agricultural activities have received a huge boost in Sokoto in the last two years, adding that yield have doubled in crops like cowpea, onion, tomato, sesame and rice.
The governor said the introduction of anchor borrowers’ scheme, in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has helped farmers with finances and equipment.
“We are working round the clock to modernize farming activities in the country, and will welcome any support from the Federal Government in addition to the ones already extended to us so far,” the Governor added.
While commending Ogbeh for his concern for the advancement of small holder farmers, Tambuwal also appealed to the minister to revisit the list of farmers recently enumerated by the FG for its GPS scheme, saying due to lack of adequate enlightenment, majority were not captured.